The gospel is the most compelling, the most fascinating, the most incomprehensibly wonderful news ever. So how come we don't preach or teach or talk like it is?
Fog-and-lasers churches don't trust that the good news is compelling. Sturm und drang churches don't act like it is.
It is true that the cross is an offense, a stumbling block, "foolishness." And it is true that attractional-ism is an imbalanced mode of ministry.
But gospel-driven churches ought to be attractive. They ought to radiate joy. Their preachers should be self-deprecating, winsome, and visibly moved by the power of the gospel. If we truly believe the good news is that good, why don't we make it sound like it is? Why do we sound bored? Angry? Disinterested? Or why do we seem excited about and interested in all sorts things other than the gospel?
This is not about tickling ears. It's about speaking and living as if we feel that the gospel is true.